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Technology  RT-LAMP Diagnosis of COVID-19


Keyword(s) Testing & DiagnosisCOVID-19 Diagnosis
Author(s) Shekhar C MandeD. Srinivasa Reddy


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world literally to a standstill. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India through its 38 laboratories and expertise in diverse areas ranging from aerospace to buildings to genomics to chemicals, quickly sprang into action developing COVID-19 interventions. CSIR, India's rich R&D knowledgebase is embodied in the rapid testing, cost-effective diagnostic kits, virus culture, genome sequencing and disease surveillance. With the perfect blend of scientific knowledge, technical expertise, industry linkages and governmental interfaces, through innovations and improvisations CSIR, India has come up with many technologies and products to be deployed against COVID-19. The key to flattening the curve in the number of Coronavirus cases is the detection of the infected at the earliest and isolating them. A combination of digital and molecular surveillance with rapid diagnosis is the need and CSIR is striving towards that using multiple strategies.  CSIR was one of the first institutions to carry out testing in the country. With state-of the-art genomics and molecular biology laboratories in the CSIR network, CSIR has not only been at the forefront of testing but also developing cost-effective and accurate diagnostic kits for detecting the COVID-19 virus. One of the many technologies developed by CSIR is RT-LAMP Diagnosis Kits for COVID-19. RT-LAMP based molecular diagnosis relies on conversion of RNA to cDNA and then an isothermal amplification of specific viral regions through specially designed primers.  These have low cost with Minimal instrumentation. The assay can be done by non-technical staff with minimal training. We eagerly look forward to partnering with R&D organizations and industries from around the world to take this technology to the people.




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